The Bands Heartbreaking Letter to Chester Bennington #ripchester
“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal.” Linkin Park | Dear Chester
Chester Bennington Was Linkin Park
I hope the band stays together, it’s an unknown future as it stands. I know they have a long history; going back to late 90’s.
As musical talent… personally, I alway felt Chester Bennington was the talent, as lead singer, he was the voice, the sound, the scream of Linkin Park. Their success is on the vocals angst and pitch perfect screams of Chester Bennington, his pain, his emotion inflection, his voice to me will always be Linkin Park. Other bands may lose a bandmate, sad as it is, but the band can keep going. I don’t think it’s Linkin Park without Chester?
What about you: Is it Linkin Park without Chester?
In the “Dear Chester” letter below the Band published says “our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take…” Inextinguishable no, it’s difficult or impossible to extinguish their love for music, but their path…it will be hard to replace Chester.
Sounds to me that Linkin Park knows the band is done, too. If they go on without Chester Bennington’s voice what kind of a band are they? Of course, no one can step in Chester’s shoes, but will they try to find another vocalist so the band will go on?
Only time will tell. I hope they release any unpublished work.
Linkin Park‘s Heartbreaking Letter
The following was posted on the https://linkinpark.com/ website as an official statement from the band.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.
Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.
Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.
Until we see you again,
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Stewart, C. (2017). The Bands Heartbreaking Letter to Chester Bennington #ripchester. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2017/07/chester-bennington-ripchester/